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Executive Managing Editor
Lizi launched her career dealing with prestige brands, giving her the drive and ambition to provide excellent experiences and a high level of customer service. This, combined with a passion for organisation and administration, led Lizi into the academic world of peer review journals.
She has now been working with peer reviewed academic journals since 2010, managing several different titles using Scholarone and Editorial Manager.
Lizi now dedicates her time to PA Editorial’s team of Managing Editors.
She specialises in training for more intricate workflows, upgrading and updating systems to ensure they works hard for all concerned.
Executive Managing Editor
Patricia’s early career revolved around organisation and administration within the private sector. Through this she gathered the skills with which to start her own business, organising events and ensuring their smooth running. Opportunities then took her into the academic world, European research projects, and finally into publishing. Through this, she entered the virtual world of editorial offices.
Working independently, Patricia transitioned several journals from paper-based organisation onto computerised submission systems. She has a wealth of experience in editorial management, spanning over 20 years.
Senior Managing Editors
Sarah Hands graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. She then undertook a PhD in Biophysics and Microbiology at The University of Nottingham. She subsequently completed five years of postdoctoral research at The University of Southampton. Sarah is now a freelance Editorial Assistant and has performed a variety of roles in the peer review process for several different journals. She uses both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager.
In 2019 Sarah joined the management team as Senior Managing Editor, within this crucial role, she oversees and ensures the smooth running of over 30 journals.
Sadie Thrift began her career working in Local Government. She later decided to change career paths and began working as a freelance Editorial Assistant, initially alongside her full-time Planning Assistant role. Since May 2013, she has worked as a full-time freelance Editorial Assistant, dealing with all aspects of the peer-review process.
In 2019 Sadie joined the management team and, in addition to the five journals she handles, she now expertly manages a team of ten specialists focusing on selecting and inviting reviewers for an Expert Selection of journals.
Emma Louise Smith
Emma gained a BA (Hons) in English from The University of Southampton in 2002. She then went on to study for a PGCE in Primary Education. An OFSTED graded outstanding practitioner, she spent subsequent years teaching children aged 4-11. Her most recent classroom years were spent working within Senior Leadership at a Primary School in Hampshire. She is trained to Deputy Head level.
Now a freelance Copy Editor, Proofreader and Journal Manager, Emma is also a personal tutor in Maths, English and 11+ to both Primary and Secondary aged children. In addition, she reviews educational textbooks and materials for Bloomsbury Publishing.
Julie worked within the academic and legal profession for over eleven years. Her roles included Director of Clinical Legal Education, Law Lecturer and Magistrate. She is the recipient of several Attorney General Awards for her work providing pro bono assistance to the local community.
Now a freelance copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter, Julie has expertise in educational materials, peer reviews, content management, and digital and social media content.